Monday 8 July 2024

A quickie round up of recent Irish genealogy news snippets

A few quick fire news items for you:

Landmark research on Irish Civl War fatalities has been published online by University College Cork. The project represents the first real attempt to investigate the number of all combatant and civilian death from the opening shots of the Civil War on 28 June 1922 and the ceasefire and dump arms order on 24 May 1923s. In collaboration with UCC’s Atlas of the Irish Revolution Team, the research findings have been cartographically represented in a searchable, interactive Civil War Fatalities map. Check it out here

CavanTownlands, an essential site for anyone with ancestors from County Cavan, has moved to an 'ie' domain. You can now freely enjoy all the maps, stories, insights and historical statistics at

Cork/Corcaigh: Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 31, by Howard B Clarke and Máire Ní Laoi, has been published by the Royal Irish Academy. It explores the city from its origins to the present day. The emergence of Cork from a monastic settlement on a marshland site through to today's thriving city is explained in a thoroughly researched text and is illustrated with newly created thematic maps, early views and photographs. Historic maps are reproduced on large-format pages, showing how the topography transformed through time. A gazetteer of over 13,000 sites and an accompanying essay give the detailed topographical history of the city up to c1900.

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) will be hostings its annual outing on August 2024. It's Dublin-based, so no coach required. It takes in a tour of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham, a leisurely lunch at the Hilton Kilmainham, and a tour of Goldenbridge Cemetery from Richmond Barracks. For details and costs for members and non-members, see the IGRS website.

Land War to Civil War 1900-1924: Donoughmore to Cork and Beyond, by Gerard O'Rourke, was launched last month by Cork Lord Mayor, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy. Its 480 pages tell a story of conflict and perseverance leading to Irish Independence, a journey that starts in Donoughmore and continues to locations through the County and to Cork City and abroad. It includes the executions of Mrs. Lindsay and Compton Smith, the Wallace’s ‘little shop’, the Dripsey Ambush, Civil War, executions, prison life, sport, culture, economic life, all tempered with impromptu little nuggets guaranteed to enthrall. It is packed with fascinating details including images not seen previously and supplemented with intriguing table data along with names that may be your ancestors. €15 of each copy sold will be donated to cancer care services in Cork. On sale via

The first week of September will see the return of the NIFHS DNA Summer School. Full details are not yet available but if this sounds just the ticket for your research, keep an eye on the NIFHS Education pages. The full menu of classes and presentations will be along shortly.

There's a good selection of discounts on newspapers and magazines, database subscriptions and DNA test kits running at the moment. Some of the offers are close to their expiry date so don't waste any time checking them out on my website:

The National Library of Ireland's Main, Microfilm and Manuscript Reading Rooms, and the NLI Ticket Office will be open onthe following two Saturdays this month: 13 and 27 July from 9:30am to 1pm. These are in addition to their regular Monday to Friday openings.

Northern Ireland will have a bank holiday this Friday, 12 July, marking the Battle of the Boyne. PRONI and most other repositories and businesses will be closed on this Friday and Monday 15th.